The all-new Kia Carnival, the fourth-generation of Kia’s flagship minivan, has been unveiled.
Now dubbed a “Grand Utility Vehicle”, the car sits atop Kia’s new mid-size platform, promising more room and refinement than ever.
LARGER WITH SMARTER PACKAGING
The Kia Carnival now offers three- or four-row seating configurations, with space for seven, eight or 11 occupants. A 30mm longer wheelbase (now 3,090mm) and 10mm wider body (now 1,995mm), enhance utility for families.
The overall length of the new Kia Carnival has also grown by 40mm to 5,155mm, with a 30 mm longer rear overhang (up to 1,130mm), creating more space for third-row passengers. Kia also claims that the new car will deliver best-in-class luggage space.
A “Premium Relaxation Seat” for second-row occupants on seven-seat cars will deliver adjustable back-, arm- and leg-rests for true “business class” seating.
The cabin of the Kia Carnival features a high-tech twin digital display. The new system links the 12.3-inch digital driver instrument cluster with the 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system under a single seamless piece of glass.
The new dual-screen system creates a panoramic, widescreen user experience, with many infotainment functions controlled via touch-sensitive buttons around the screen.
A haptic control panel further down the centre console will provide the climate control options. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with voice recognition is available.
Two petrol powertains are being offered at launch, with a 3.5-litre gasoline direct injection V6 leading the lineup. It will produce 290bhp and 355Nm of torque. A 3.5-litre multi-point injection V6 is also available, producing up to 268bhp and 332Nm torque.
A COMFORTABLE AND ASSURED RIDE
Dramatic revisions to the suspension have been performed to ensure comfort and surefootedness.
At the front, Kia’s engineers have applied a new multi-skeletal cross-member and new geometry for better distribution of lateral loads to stabilise handling.
Meanwhile, the rear suspension has longer lower suspension arms and a revised spring layout to better manage road surface changes.
New hydro bushes, utilising liquid inside the rubber bushes will also aid to reduce the level of suspension and engine vibrations transmitted to the body.